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Connecticut Laws | Title 26 Fisheries And Game
CHAPTER 490 FISHERIES AND GAME
Sec. 26-20. Signs on rights-of-way to state ponds or streams.

The commissioner shall erect a sign or signs on the right-of-way to each pond or stream owned or leased by the state for the use of sport fishermen, which sign or signs shall clearly indicate the location and limits of such right-of-way. (91)

Sec. 26-21. Notice not to be destroyed. (92)(Text)

Any person who defaces, obliterates or destroys any notice or proclamation, posted pursuant to any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be fined seventy-seven dollars. (93)

Sec. 26-22. Control of aquatic plants and animals. (94)(Text)

The commissioner may, after investigation has indicated that such measures are in the interest of fisheries management, use chemical, electrical or mechanical means to remove undesirable plants or animals from the waters of the state or may add substances to the waters of the state for the purpose of increasing the production of fish food organisms in such waters. Where such waters are used for a water supply furnished to the public or are tributary to such water supply, the addition of chemicals and substances to such waters shall be subject to the approval of the Department of Public Health. (95)

Sec. 26-23. Abandoned or discarded fishing or hunting implements. (96)(Text)

Any weapon, article or implement, capable of being used for the purpose of taking, catching or holding any fish, crustacean, wild or game bird, wild or game quadruped, reptile or amphibian, which is abandoned, discarded or thrown away in an attempt to destroy or conceal evidence or to prevent apprehension, may be seized and taken into possession by any conservation officer. If the owner or person having custody of any such article at the time it is abandoned, discarded or thrown away fails to claim such article within one year after it comes into the possession of such officer, such article shall be forfeited to the state and may be retained for use by the commissioner, may be sold at public auction or may be destroyed at the discretion of said commissioner. The proceeds from such sales shall be paid to the State Treasurer to be credited to the General Fund. (97)

Sec. 26-24. Use or disposal of seized articles. (98)(Text)

Any hunting, fishing or trapping weapon, device, implement or article seized and held as evidence by the commissioner and not claimed by the owner thereof within a period of one year from the date of such seizure may be retained for use by the commissioner or assigned by said commissioner to any other state agency, or may be sold at public auction by the Commissioner of Administrative Services at the request of said commissioner, or may be destroyed at the discretion of said commissioner. The proceeds of any such sale shall be paid to the Treasurer and credited to the General Fund. (99)

Sec. 26-25. Commissioner may declare closed season or extend open season. (100)(Text)

(a) The commissioner may, when he finds that extraordinary precautions are necessary to prevent fires in any woodland of the state, declare a closed season, during which sport fishing in inland waters or hunting on any land or waters of the state shall be suspended and the provisions relating to closed seasons shall be in force; but the provisions of this section shall not apply to the hunting of sea coots (scoters), old squaw and eider ducks from boats or rock formations in open coastal waters seaward of the first upstream bridge; to licensed shooting preserves, or to authorized field trials sanctioned by the American Kennel Club or American Field; or to sport fishing from boats, docks, wharves, floats or bridges in lakes and ponds, the Connecticut River, the Thames River and the Housatonic River downstream of Derby Dam when such lakes, ponds and rivers can be reached over open roads and access to such lakes, ponds and rivers by sport fishermen is by this means, to shad fishing at the state-controlled area of the Enfield Dam in Suffield, or to fishing in licensed commercial hatcheries. Upon the termination of the necessity for any such closed season, the commissioner may reopen the season. Whenever the commissioner, under the provisions of this subsection, declares a closed season for any period, he may extend the open season for an equal period. (101)

(b) The commissioner may, when he finds that the harvest level for a species exceeds or fails to meet the harvest level for efficient management of such species, declare a closed season or extend the open season for the sport fishing, hunting or trapping of such species. Any closed season or extended open season may be limited to a specific area. (102)

(c) Whenever the commissioner declares a closed season, the reopening of a closed season or the extension of an open season under the provisions of this section, he shall cause notice thereof to be published in the Connecticut Law Journal. (103)

Sec. 26-25a. Regulation of feeding of wildlife on state-owned property. (104)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 prohibiting or restricting the feeding of wildlife on state-owned property. Such regulations shall include, but not be limited to, procedures for designating areas subject to such prohibitions or restrictions. Any such designation shall be effective after public notice and a public comment period. (105)

(b) Any conservation officer appointed pursuant to section 26-5 and any other officer authorized to serve criminal process may enforce any regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Any violation of such regulations shall be an infraction. (106)

Sec. 26-25b. Disclosure of stocking schedules. (107)(Text)

Notwithstanding any provision of section 1-210 to the contrary, any schedule describing the date and location of the stocking or release of any fish or animal into the wild shall not be disclosed to the public until after such stocking or release has taken place unless the Commissioner of Environmental Protection deems such disclosure to be in the best interest of proper fish or wildlife management. (108)

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